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Grunge Union Jack John McMurdo

The Opening Ceremony: WTF?

Friday night, Facebook shook under the swear words coming from a particular American friend's keyboard. It started innocently enough. "Ooof England." Then it escalated to "Holy Shit England". Finally, it was "STOP LONDON. JUST STOP" (thereby proving that strong statements need not include f-bombs).

Maria Sharapova For Cole Haan

The Hottest Olympians

Already picked out your favourite Olympic babes? Might be worth checking out this gallery just to make sure you haven't missed anyone.

Great Britain's James Dasaolu (R) after victory in the final of the 100m from James Ellington (L) and Chijindu Ujah (C)

James Dasaolu wins stunning 100m race to book place in GB team for Rio

Moments before the starter’s gun shattered the hush of the Alexander Stadium and rocket-launched the greatest 100m race ever seen on these shores, James Dasaolu checked his lane number and wondered whether it might be an omen. Lane four. The same as three years ago here when, on a sweltering day, he bulldozed through the 10-second barrier for the first time.


Swimming - Women's 200m IM - SM6

Ellie Simmonds steals the show on golden night for British swimmers

On a night of three golds in the pool for ParalympicsGB Ellie Simmonds stole the show by becoming the first SM6 swimmer to race below three minutes in the 200m medley. After an F42 shot put gold for Aled Davies during the morning session of the athletics Simmonds followed Sascha Kindred’s lead by shattering the world record in the clammy Aquatics Centre. The 21-year-old, who suffers from achondroplasia dwarfism, won her fifth Paralympic gold with a time of 2min 59.81sec.